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The Many Meanings Of Open Source

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Cristina Gacek, Anthony Lawrie, Dr Leonardus Arief



The term Open Source is widely applied to describe some software development methodologies. This paper does not provide a judgment on the open source approach, but exposes the fact that simply stating that a project is open source does not provide a precise description of the approach used to support the project. By taking a multi-disciplinary point of view, we propose a collection of characteristics that are common, as well as some that vary among open source projects. The set of open source characteristics we found can be used as a tick-list both for analysing and for setting up open source projects. Our tick-list also provides a starting point for understanding the many meanings of the term open source.

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Author(s): Gacek C, Lawrie T, Arief LB

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2001

Pages: 16

Report Number: 737

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne